Taylor Swift Interacts With Her Fans On Instagram, Should Teach Lessons In Being Famous

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If you’ve ever been on this site before, it should come as no surprise when I say that I’m not always a fan of Taylor Swift. But no matter how often she rubs me the wrong way, there’s no denying she’s got this whole “being famous” thing down pat. She’s had virtually no scandals, besides making jam for Ed Sheeran before marriage, and she’s consistently wonderful to the people who admire her. Take, for instance, all the comments she leaves for her fans on Instagram.

The Washington Post reports that for the past few months, Taylor has been personally responding to people who tag her in their Instagram posts. The people who receive the messages obviously then take screenshots and share it on social media. Below is one she left on a fan’s photo from one of her concerts. Note that it’s not just a little impersonal smiley face that allows her to check off “interact with fans” on her famous person to-do list and move on. There are multiple sentences.

Taylor’s rep told the Post that Taylor does indeed handle her own Instagram account. Cynical me wants to narrow my eyes at that, but based on the number of extra punctuation marks and all the cavity-inducing sweetness, I believe it. Her comments range from gratitude to friendly advice to even humor. When a fan posted a photo of her dog Finnick trying to get Taylor’s attention, Taylor responded with: “HAHA Finnick is all ‘CAN YOU NOT’ right now.”

She sometimes even gives commentary about paparazzi photos of herself.

And a lot of these comments are long and detailed and include Taylor’s advice and musings about her own personal experience. I barely respond to my friends’ social media posts with more than a little “haha,” and meanwhile Taylor does this for total strangers. How does she have time to do all this plus have a music career plus bake so many cookies?!

I get ridiculously excited when an obscure actor merely favorites one of my replies on Twitter, so this must be life-changing for Taylor’s fans. And it’s a great PR move, because obviously these fans rave about the interaction all over social media and then bloggers like me write about it, and even people who aren’t hardcore fans look at it and go, “Oh wow, that’s really cool.” Like me. I’m thinking that. Curse your witchcraft, Taylor Swift!

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    • Lily Savage

      This and @rihplies are amazing

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      Taylor’s not the most talented girl in the room, but she will be around a very long time simply because of great behavior like this. And unlike so many others, it actually comes off as genuine. God only knows why anything named Kardashian or West is still allowed to have success when they treat the world so shitty.

    • Papillon

      She’s been doing this for such a long time, and I do believe most of the comments have been written by her, because who else could sound THAT earnest and grateful? My favourite comment (and thing that she’s ever said) is this one:

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      This is amazing.

    • somebodytolove10394

      why dont people realize that this is a publicity stunt? her fans know nothing about her how can they say shes sweet shes a fucking bitch whos bitter and writes bad songs. shes jealous and breaks up her friends relationships because shes unable to get one herself because of her ugly face and squinty eyes rofl shes a joke

      • elharbeson

        She needs publicity
        like she needs a hole in her head. All she has to do is walk out the door of
        her home and there are a gaggle of photogs taking pictures of her.
        And she is already about as famous as anyone can get.

      • Ling

        I honestly and seriously think that her fame has not reached its peak
        yet. Bearing in mind her much awaited fifth album is coming out soon
        and also she hasn’t seriously venture into the movies yet.

      • FemelleChevalier

        What’s wrong with “squinty” eyes?

      • Nat Mirotta

        God. What’s your problem? Taylor is the most talented and least bitter. But I can tell that you sound bitter.

    • Erin

      This is awesome. I had no idea she did this.

    • J_Doe5686

      I think Taylor and I could be good friends if in fact she is like this.

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